[Marxism] Fwd: The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic – LobeLog
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The European New Right (ENR), or Nouvelle Droite, a pan-European
far-right school of thought that originated in France in the late 1960s,
has been a source of ideological inspiration for the far right in Europe
and more recently in the United States. ENR thinkers typically oppose
liberal democracy, multiculturalism, and socialism alike.
The main leader of the movement is the French intellectual Alain De
Benoist. And what is striking is that De Benoist learned from his enemy,
finding inspiration in the work of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci and
his writings on “cultural hegemony.”
Gramsci argued ideological wins precede political wins. He understood
that Marxists were failing to overthrow the bourgeoisie because they
hadn’t gained control of the culture. The support of the people must be
gained first, Gramsci argued, and the best way to achieve that is to
slowly change their ideas, values, culture, and worldview.
De Benoist interpreted Gramsci’s writings through a far-right lens and
advanced this notion of “right-wing Gramscianism” which targeted the
universalist and egalitarian values of liberalism and socialism.
Through a think tank called the Groupement de Recherche et d’Etudes pour
la Civilisation Européenne (the European Civilization Study and Research
Group – GRECE), New Right thinkers have aimed at shaping and cultivating
a counter hegemonic conception of the world. They have been publishing
intellectual journals and hosting conferences and debates throughout Europe.
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